In recent years, it has become essential for data center operators to build data centers all around the globe to address the growing volumes of data and the increased demand for enterprise-grade and consumer cloud services.
As hyperscale data centers grow in number and size, reliable high-speed wired connectivity becomes critical as a large number of servers, switches and storage devices need to be interconnected in a cost-efficient manner.
In addition, up to 76 per cent. of all data center internet traffic traverses within data centres due to interaction between compute resources, putting significant pressure on networking and interface bandwidth requirements.
Increasingly in recent years, hyperscale data center operators have been designing their own silicon for processing and connectivity functionality to take advantage of economies of scale, attain greater internal control over technology, and increase service differentiation.
To ensure their silicon matches or exceeds performance of merchant silicon, they have been relying on third-party silicon IP providers, like Alphawave Semi.